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By Anthony A. Barrett

During this dynamic new biography - the 1st on Agrippina in English - Professor Barrett makes use of the most recent archaeological, numismatic and ancient proof to supply a detailed and exact research of her lifestyles and profession. He exhibits how Agrippina's political contribution to her time turns out in truth to were confident, and that after she is judged by means of her achievements she calls for admiration. Revealing the genuine determine at the back of the propaganda and the political machinations of which she was once able, he assesses the influence of her marriage to the emperor Claudius, at the nation and her kin. eventually, he uncovered her one genuine failing - her courting together with her son, the monster of her personal making to whom, in terrible and violent conditions, she could ultimately fall victim.

From Library Journal
Classics pupil Barrett (Caligula, S. & S., 1991) has utilized sleek historiography to the topic of 1 of the main recognized, really, notorious girls of the traditional world?the daughter of Germanicus, sister of Caligula, spouse of Claudius, and mom of Nero, who finally killed her. He doesn't exonerate Agrippina the more youthful (15-59 A.D.) quite a bit as provide believable reasons for her habit and placed her activities in a formal viewpoint. His chapters are cleverly, insightfully prepared round her relationships; yet regardless of capability repetition with this structure, he avoids leaving such familial impressions with the reader. Barrett works from the basis that during a monarchical patriarchy the one venues to energy for the formidable girl have been extralegal. Agrippina's tale is a story of the 1st century of the empire, from the adoption of Octavius to the various debts of her sensational dying. this can be a very good e-book, with copious notes and appendixes. good suggested for educational libraries with classics and women's stories collections.?Clay G. Williams, Ferris country Univ., substantial Rapids, Mich.
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From Kirkus Reviews
One of history's such a lot infamous monsters is rehabilitated as a politically winning girl whose strength and attractiveness in first-century Rome fell sufferer to Roman sexism. Barrett (Classics/Univ. of British Columbia; Caligula, 1990) starts with a short historical past of robust Roman ladies sooner than Agrippina, together with her great-grandmother Livia, spouse of the 1st Roman emperor, Augustus. a lot of this part is overly regularly occurring, studying from time to time like a recap of I, Claudius. yet this historical past earnings value as soon as Agrippina the more youthful makes her visual appeal. Barrett persuasively argues that Roman chroniclers have been not able to determine Agrippina or her predecessors other than in the course of the stereotype of the politically formidable lady: a seductive poisoner without experience of ethical bounds. by means of rigorously weighing the ancient list, bearing in mind the distorting energy of misogynist folklore, the writer disputes such commonplaces because the concept that Agrippina murdered her husband, Claudius, and slept along with her son Nero. His Agrippina is a politically adroit consensus-builder whose impact over emperors contributed to the main enlightened parts in their reigns. Her diplomatic ability falters purely within the dealing with of her teenage son--a miscalculation that results in her execution in fifty four a.d. on his orders. That Agrippina's homicide used to be celebrated as a simply comeuppance demonstrates the patience of the ``age-old resentment of strong and impressive women.'' although Barrett attracts no modern analogies, the reader may possibly simply achieve this. regardless of the high-mindedness of his vital subject matter, the writer is usually alert to the pleasures of ``juicy anecdote[s]'' (such as Agrippina's meant incest along with her brother Caligula), and recounts them in complete, if simply to discredit them. A scholarly but obtainable biography that principally succeeds in exchanging Grand Guignol with whatever extra gratifying: the tragedy of a traditional chief born lady in a society afraid to be led by way of girls. (illustrations, now not noticeable) (History ebook membership choice) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus affiliates, LP. All rights reserved.

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'The Most worthy a part of the booklet is the stock of resource fabric on the finish the place not just the extra widely used literary proof is catalogued however the cash, statues and inscriptions that includes Agrippina.' - Miriam Griffin, background Today

About the Author
Anthony Barrett is Professor of Classics on the collage of British Columbia in Vancouver. He studied on the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Toronto and has written largely within the box of classical antiquity.

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21 There can be little doubt that such stories, handed down as popular lore from generation to generation, would have influenced attitudes about the deaths of Augustus and Claudius who, it was assumed, had similarly to make way for Livia’s son Tiberius and Agrippina’s son Nero. While it is clear that throughout Roman history a number of women had in one particular or another anticipated Agrippina, it was not until the final century of the republic that a real prototype for the powerful political woman emerged.

Despite a traditional antipathy towards the notion of kingship, Romans did make considerable allowance for the principle of heredity in public life. Throughout their history certain family names had constantly reappeared in the record, the Claudii, the Aemilii, the Cornelii and others, families that had almost reserved for themselves the consulate, whose sons, for all intents and purposes, would eventually succeed their fathers in office. Powerful families that did not have male issue would have recourse to adoption to create an artificial male line.

She did have a sister. Unfortunately, Julia the Younger chose to follow in their mother Julia’s footsteps, which not unexpectedly also led to her mother’s fate. 33 Julia the Younger was married to Lucius Aemilius Paullus, consul in AD 1 and they produced a daughter Aemilia Lepida but beyond this we know very little of her earlier life, apart from Pliny’s remark that Julia owned the largest house in Rome and the smallest dwarf. Tacitus informs us that she was convicted of adultery (in AD 8) and exiled to Trimerus off the Apulian coast, where she was sustained by allowances from Livia until her death twenty years later.

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